Everyone in the household passed whole30 day two with flying colors. There were no accidental non-whole30 ingested items and I have almost stopped throwing a tantrum about not getting my birthday sushi. Okay, I lied. Tantrum is still in full force. I am not ready to grieve the loss of my birthday sushi yet. To add to my tantrum I just received a sushi making kit for Christmas and I want so badly to use it, but just opening up the little booklet that it came with makes me drool. If I watch the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi…. it’s over.
Enough sushi talk…onto the real food.
My roomy Dez was craving something creamy, so we decided we would give a cauliflower puree a go. Served it with Roasted chicken, chimichurri sauce, and some roasted zucchini. ( not pictured )
For the cauliflower puree, I steamed the cauliflower until very tender. (almost mushy ) and then put it in my food processor with garlic and coconut milk. I roasted the chicken with mexican spices..thought i’d change it up a bit. I made a “compound butter” with coconut oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. I placed the coconut oil under the skin just like I would normally do with butter.
For the Chimichurri I placed a few cloves of garlic in the food processor with salt, pepper and parsley and pulsed until turned into a paste. I then added in the oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. You want it to be a little bit tangy to balance out the creamy/salty flavors of the cauliflower and chicken.
Now onto day three of Whole30, round two.
It’s day number two of the Whole30 challenge. Day one was pretty easy for me, but this ain’t my first rodeo. It was a little harder for my roommies who had a few accidental incidents of non-whole30 ingested items…but since it was an accident, we are going to keep on trekking. They know, and I know, that these incidents were not intentional. One of the biggest goals/challenges of Whole30 is to change your emotional approach with food which they both did beautifully.
I have been eating Paleo for quite some time now, and this is my second time participating in the Whole30 challenge. The first time around, the hardest part was kicking my energy drink habit…which I successfully did. I am still energy drink free thanks to Whole30. The hard part this time around is that my birthday is landing within this 30 day challenge. Yep. Realizing that I was doing another whole30 challenge during my birthday made me want to tell Robb Wolf to suck it, Punch Mark Scisson in the wiener, and slap the pretty little smiles off of the Hartwigs faces. I was supposed to get sushi on my brithday, which happens to be my favorite paleo cheat food. I am obsessed with Sushi, and it is a treat. A treat I won’t be getting on my birthday. I will admit, I am pretty sad about this, and I am not yet done throwing my tantrum. It’s my party, I will cry if I want to.
Onto the Food:
For dinner we had a spaghetti. Paleo spaghetti of course. We used Spaghetti squash for the noodles and the usual spaghetti sauce with grass-fed beef, canned tomatoes, onion, carrots, celery, garlic and some sauteed spinach. In the summer I would normally use fresh tomatoes, but believe it or not canned is better in the winter. Tomatoes are canned when they are ripe and actually have flavor. Those tomatoes you see in the produce aisle right now- are fake…well, they might as well be considering they have no flavor.
Sorry for the bad food photo. It looks a little more Everyday Paleo and less Nom Nom Paleo.
Off to plan today’s menu!
Why Hello. It has been quite a while since I have posted on here. Well, to make a long story short I was busy finishing up a crazy quarter at school, moving out, and also having to quit crossfit due to funds. ( Donations anyone? :p )
I have finally settled in and taken some time to relax over my winter break. I don’t start back at school until Jan. 9th so that leaves me a little free time to get back in the swing of things. Also, next quarter is not only a new quarter and a fresh start, but it is also my last quarter. Yep. I graduate from culinary school next quarter. It seems surreal. It is something I have been dreaming about for so long… I can’t believe it is finally here. I guess it is proof that dreams really do come true.
The thought of graduating next quarter brings both excitement and fear. I have finally accomplished a huge goal of mine…but where do I go from here? What is in store for me next? I have plenty of ideas of what I would like to do, but nothing concrete. As long as I am working after graduation, that is a step forward. Baby steps.
In other news, somehow I convinced two out of three of my roommates to do a whole30 paleo diet challenge with me starting today. I am really excited to have others doing the challenge with me this time around and also looking forward to posting some more recipes throughout the month. Anyone else doing a Paleo challenge for the new year?